01. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Janet, Teen Books · Tags:

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, 328 pages, read by Janet, on 07/31/2013

Lovely Bones     This is the first time I have ever read a story told by an angel, but it is a very warm and full of feeling adventure of a teenage girl, Suzy, who watches her family try to prove a neighbor man killed her.  She is learning about her new home in heaven while trying to help the situations in her old home on earth.  Life on earth must go on and she is not forgotten by family, or murderer.  They all still see her in their own way.  It has an amazing ending.

30. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Pamela · Tags:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, 419 pages, read by Pamela, on 07/30/2013

gone-girl-book-cover-med2-23664_186x186Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl‘s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

08. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Historical Fiction, Janet · Tags:

Atonement by Ian McEwan, 351 pages, read by Janet, on 07/06/2013

Atonement     “Satisfaction given for wrongdoing” is Webster’s definition of “atonement”.  This is the story of a girl who felt her sister stole the attention of a boy she was in love with and let her imagination cause them great problems.  Written in the early 1900’s, in England’s strict behavorial ethics, the lives of all three were greatly affected.  Briony never told the truth about the incident until they were all much older and had suffered the hardships of World War II.  She used her strong imagination to write plays and stories, but could not find peace within herself.  The boy, Robbie, was the son of a cleaning lady, but his intelligence had caught the attention of her father, who welcomed him into their manor and was planning to send him to college.  Thanks to Briony’s story, though, he was sent to prison.  Her mother suffered much of the time in her bedroom with severe headaches and her father was engrossed in his business, so she really had no one to talk to and explain the situation.  The older sister, Cecilia, pretty well ignored her, as she really did love Robbie but couldn’t expect to change the family’s belief in Briony’s story.  The three went in different directions during the war but finally came back together and Briony apologized.  In 1999, Briony worked to tell the real story in her final book.